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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011

APhoto Of The Day -- 6.28.11 14 

New York City police officers watch while an unidentified man who climbed a traffic light pole in New York's Times Square earlier today. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Top Cutlines: 1. Dude, this is not the Atlantic Ocean, you are not on the…

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Rapture Ribbing Leads To Shooting 

A Lorane woman says her son told her that he was shot last Friday by a co-worker who had been teased at work about his apparent belief in the biblical Rapture that some predicted would cause the end of the world beginning on May 21.…

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OTV: And Yet Another Mex Food Place 

Sometimes I find myself just sittin' around and wondering: "¿Que Pasa? Why don't we have more Mexican restaurants in this town!" OK, I lied. Didn't we just have three or so new Mexican eateries just swing open their doors? According to my quick count, taco…

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Another Pol Sent Underwear Photos 16 

Taegun Goddard's Political Wire reports: The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that local city councilman Joe Stagni (R) admitted "that he sent a picture of himself in his underwear to a city employee 18 months ago and that the image ended up on a city computer…

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Princess Diana Would Have Turned 50 

A computer-generated image of Princess Diana is shown with Kate Middleton on the cover of the July 4 issue of Newsweek magazine. Diana was killed in a car accident in 1997 and would have turned 50 on Friday. In April, Middleton married Prince William, the…

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Valley County Aryan Event Attracts 8 

The Northwest Region of the Aryan Nation was supposed to have a “eat, greet, and meet” event June 27, at Valley County’s Lake Cascade State Park. According to fliers and a website, the event was to take place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Idaho…

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SR Opinion Editor Calling It Quits 

On Thursday afternoon, after 42 years of newspapering for the Chronicle and The Spokesman- Review, I’m off to sample the pastures of retirement. Never one to recognize a good chance to shut up, I’m tempted here to retrace every miraculous technological twist along the road…

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UI Alum Retiring As Top World Force 

She’s the most powerful woman accountant in the world — just ask Forbes magazine — she’s from Kimberly, and she’s retiring at age 59. Sharon Allen, Kimberly High Class of ’69, is standing down as chairman — and that’s the term she prefers — of…

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LDS Leaders Told To Avoid Politics 21 

The Mormon church is reminding its senior leaders that they should steer clear of politics as a campaign season ramps up and two of the faith's own compete for the GOP presidential nomination. In a letter sent June 16, church president Thomas S. Monson and…

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INW Headlines -- 6.28.11 

Sky Belieu practices playing her guitar while skateboarding through downtown Spokane Monday. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany) Western lawmakers protest cuts in Spokane lab/Associated Press Mom: Rapture ribbing led to workplace shooting/Jack Moran, Register-Guard Cops: DUI suspect forces driver out of car, almost runs over her/Katy…

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High Noon: What Are You Wearing? 12 

You don't have to answer that. But me, I went with my first Hawaiian shirt of the season today. I believe I have about a dozen, almost all purchased on sale. Years ago, I was suspicious of those wearing such garments. I regarded these shirts…

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Deputies Shoot Elk City Wolf 

Idaho County Deputies Stan Denham (left) and Mike Chlebowski shot this 90-pound female wolf after it was spotted in Elk City on Saturday. Lewiston Tribune story here. (Courtesy photo contributed to Lewiston Tribune. Question: Will wolf hunts in Idaho & Montana strike a good balance…

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AM Scanner Traffic -- 6.28.11

11:44 a.m. 2 people are detained on west side of Cornerstone station/Prairie. Unknown reason. 11:20 a.m. Shopko on Ironwood/CdA reports capturing a shoplifter. 11:18 a.m. Mercedes driver reports van driver used middle lane incorrectly @ 3rd & Bay/Post Falls. 11:05 a.m. An unknown medical emergency…

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Stapilus: Recall Try Failed, But ...

The forces trying to call Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and two legislators fell short, substantially short, in their petition drive today. They ran out of time with not enough signatures. No surprise; that outcome was pretty widely predicted. Recalling public officials beyond…

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Recall Luna Founder Issues Statement 

"No matter what you hear, this was NOT a partisan effort, this was not started by teachers or unions or Democrats. Anyone who says it was, is NOT telling you the truth! There were MANY Republicans who told me face to face, 'I voted for…

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Four Sandpoint men, known as Team Laughing Dog, finished 10th among 19 in their division of the Race Across America cross-country bicycle race. From left: Al Lemire, Jacob Styer, Wayne Pignolet and Mike Murray.  (V. Scott Pignolet)

Team Laughing Dog Raises $80,000

Four Sandpoint men, known as Team Laughing Dog, finished 10th among 19 in their division of the Race Across America cross-country bicycle race. From left: Al Lemire, Jacob Styer, Wayne Pignolet and Mike Murray. (Photo courtesy of V. Scott Pignolet) Four mostly middle-age Sandpoint men…

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Tree Trimming Starts For Megaloads 

Sharon Cousins protests as a crew from T.R.E. Tree Service prunes trees to make way for Imperial/Exxon megaloads along Washington Street in Moscow on Monday. The megaloads will now be diverted up Highway 95 through Moscow, the Palouse, Coeur d'Alene, and then east on I-90…

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Clark: Chicken Fever Spreading 

Believe it or not, thousands of otherwise sane and civilized Americans are raising chickens on their city property. Really. I wouldn’t pullet your leg. I learned this the other day when I was outside and heard this mindless clucking noise. Fearing the worst, I figured…

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Bachmann Admits John Wayne Flub 17 

On day one of her presidential campaign, Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann was already insisting that she's not a "flake." Today, on day two, she's acknowledging a minor flub she made the day of her presidential kickoff speech Monday that elicited a few chuckles. Speaking from…

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Johnson: Recall Luna Try Misfires 

There was never a real chance that supporters of a recall of Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction would be able to collect the nearly 160,000 valid signatures needed to force a recall of the controversial superintendent. Now that the recall effort is officially dead, the…

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AM: Aylward A Champion To Many

Two years ago, Tom Aylward couldn’t ride a bike. On Sunday, he rode 112 miles in 8½ hours. Two years ago, the 62-year-old couldn’t swim more than 25 yards. On Sunday, he swam 2.4 miles faster than many much younger competitors. But when the Spirit…

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Ironman Bike Theft Brings 2 Arrests 

1st reported at 1:12 p.m. Thursday on PM Scanner Traffic/Hucks Online Coeur d'Alene police recovered a stolen high-end bike in time for its owner to ride it in the Ironman triathlon on Sunday. The $3,500 bike was stolen with a $1,000 bicycle near City Beach…

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Man Crosses Islands On Paddleboard 

Soleil, left, and Dagmar de Zwart of Maui, Hawaii, wait at Kalapaki Beach in Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii as Bart de Zwart paddles the final few yards of his 300-mile solo, unsupported crossing aboard a stand up paddleboard from the Big Island to Kauai, Sunday. The…

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Thieves Target Catalytic Converters 

Item: Thieves get on their backs to rip off Spokane drivers/Jeff Humphrey, KXLY More Info: Spokane area thieves have come up with a new way to steal from you while they're lying down on the job. Crooks are actually crawling underneath our cars and cutting…

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Keough, Broadsword Could Face Off 

Among the revelations from the hearings so far: North Idaho's District 2 is likely to be completely realigned, and that could mean that District 2 Sen. Joyce Broadsword, R-Sagle, right, ends up in District 1 - along with District 1 Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, left.…

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